Hemenway's

4.7
5122 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
Located on the River in downtown Providence, Hemenway’s is Rhode Island’s premiere seafood address. Aspiring to bring you the freshest and highest quality fin-fish, shellfish and mollusks in the United States while delivering genuine hospitality in a relaxed, social atmosphere. Hemenway’s offers an award-winning wine list, customized private dining for up to 45 guests, seasonal al fresco dining and full menu service in the bar area.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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ChristinaP
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and were treated incredibly well by the bartender, Herland. The lobster Mac & Cheese was to die for!

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Leea
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food. We can’t wait to come back.

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vipDiannap
New England
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and presentation both excellent. Server was professional, attentive and accommodating in every way.

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chrisK
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I went to your restaurant for my 35th Anniversary because it came up as the number 1 restaurant in RI for seafood. First we were seated in the corner next to the door which was very cold. We were served stale bread and warm water. My husband ordered a 2 1/2 pound stuffed lobster ( I called 15 minutes prior and told them he was looking for a 3 lb lobster and was assured they had them which they were actually out of). I ordered a 2 lb stuffed lobster. Our green bean were hard and we were very surprised that Hemmingways actually used instant potatoes which was very disappointing. Our server wasn't very friendly and I felt that we "inconvenienced" her with our requests (ice for the water and fresh bread) I thought to myself that I should have mentioned that it was our 35th Anniversary and maybe she would have been a little more attentive but I was shocked to see before we were going to leave she came over with a hard piece of cheese cake that was for our "Anniversary" I then realized that it was in fact already mentioned and we still received terrible service. I think they should definitely not mislead the public in thinking they are an upscale and quality restaurant. When I tell ppl of our experience I get the same reply "you shouldn't have gone there".

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Zookpr
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Food and service were excellent. Unfortunately due to limited dining space (which really did not look that way in the main restaurant) we were seated in a function room of the restaurant. Restaurant is very well lit, this room was very dark and had no ambience at all which would be appropriate for large functions or meetings. And I thought I had made reservations well in advance to be seated here.

Appetizers, entrees, dessert, drinks were very good. And our waitress was excellent!

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vipRobertL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food - from apps to dessert and outstanding service as well!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious as always !

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pickyeater
New England
43 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious, beautifully prepared and served. All special requests were accepted and applied. The service was incomparably superb. We requested an outdoor table on a rather chilly day. Our fantastic waiter, Oscar, moved three heaters to keep us warm. We were with family visiting from Florida, so warmth was essential!
Each of us loved our dinner. Each of us was impressed by the fine service.
All in all, one of the most outstanding dining experiences we have had in several years. I know this sounds hyperbolic, but it is during times like these that true devotion to service and quality emerge.
If I could leave more stars than your limit, I would do so.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spent our anniversary here and I requested to bring my own dessert as a surprise, and Joseph from Hemenways did a perfect job timing it out right and providing us an excellent dinner experience. The food, drink, and service were outstanding!

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RogerS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always exceptional. We had the Baked Stuffed Lobster, my Aunt had the Lobster Mac & Cheese, which was to die for, and hubby went with boiled lobster which you can't go wrong with in RI. Our waiter was great and everyone practiced safe Covid precautions. We love coming here.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brandi is literally the most amazing server!

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RDMF
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for anniversaries, business, or after work get togethers. Its a great anytime occasion place.

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vipcarrie
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I have been going to Hemingways for 20 years. It is a tried and true and reliable choice for first class dining. So why did the filet come rare rather than medium and why did not the waiter have my guest cut into the steak to make sure it was cooked properly instead of rushing away and only 10 minutes come back to see how things were. I know this is a seafood restaurant but if steak is on the menu it should be cooked as per customer requests.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly stuff, very good heater outdoor and affordable price.

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vipJackC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was terrific!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic for and service as always. Our sever Anya was attentive and friendly. We sat outside and it was very beautiful and comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good here but what stood out this time was our server Theresa was beyond fantastic. She really made the evening for us. Attentive, friendly and made the whole experience feel special.

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TercioR
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobster Mac and cheese was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Absolutely delicious. Wife got the chef’s salmon over mushroom risotto which was great as well! Our server, Joe, couldn’t have been better.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

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StephenF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, Great service and the food is fantastic!!

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Lellen
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate my son's birthday and the service was excellent and the food amazing! We had a lovely time and will not hesitate to go back again soon!

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Shiggs03
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been to my favorite restaurant in awhile so we went on Saturday night. We felt totally comfortable. They have take full precautions to keep guests safe and allow us to enjoy ourselves. We sat in Diane's section, our favorite server. We ordered two things from the specials that night and two of their classic dishes. Everything was delicious. Presentaion was excellent and the service was second to none. We cannot wait to go back.

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ThomasG1972
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The cold seafood appetizer for 2 was amazing -- cherrystones, oysters, lobster, shrimp. So delicious! We tried the swordfish special and surf-and-turf specials (8 oz filet mignon paired with 3 stuffed shrimp). The swordfish was the best we've ever eaten! The filet was perfection and perfect with the seafood pairing. We found a lovely Chenin Blanc (Dry Creek) on Hemenway's ample winelist to accompany the meal. A visit here is always a treat!

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williamr
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice employees. Excellent in all regards. Hemenway's is a local favorite.

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JuneH
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oscar was our server and he was outstanding! Great energy always smiling and great suggestions! He was very attentive and fast service.

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KateW
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, it’s a little pricey but totally worth it!

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JoshuaP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I would say everything was pretty perfect except my fish was supposed to be pain seared and it was fried. Besides that, flawless.

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vipJamesN
New England
24 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waiter. Remembered my birthday request for my guest. Food was as impressive as always.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Peter was extremely knowledgeable and professional. It was our first time dining with you and we’ll be back! Thank you!!

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KevinC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and awesome waiter/ bartender. Espresso martinis are phenomenal.

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constanceb
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time! Jacob was an exception, informed, attentive server. The fig margarita was heavenly! Really enjoyed our lunch!

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vipSuedux
New England
39 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Unfortunately it was a cool night and windy. Outdoor seating in the city was loud with cars and rescue zooming by. Because of the temperature outside, the food cooled quickly. Our server was wonderful and I received a blanket which I was allowed to keep. Next time I will eat indoors.

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vipRichardW
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

50th birthday celebration. Food was mediocre at best. We have dined here several times and this was not one of the better ones. Appetizers were dry and over cooked, drinks were also mediocre at best. Salad was soggy and appears to have been sitting around for awhile. We were a party of 7 and for the money we spent I was not impressed at all

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious, great service. The smell was a bit off which is why I downgraded the ambience a bit. I don’t think it was anyone’s fault but something to note. The food was about as good as you would expect. Our waitress was Tops.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lunch outside. Tables were clean and atmosphere was good. Waiters wore masks properly, as did other staff. Food was great.

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vipSusanS
New England
76 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oscar, our server, was outstanding in everything! Food was amazing. Made my birthday special!

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Ezari
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. It was very delicious

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Atif
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Server Peter was very courteous. Great atmosphere and delicious food

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StevenL
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great establishment.

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vipFamnight
New England
23 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brandy our server was the best!!!!!! So professional

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Hemenway's is rated 4.7 stars by 5122 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.